Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Linux Skype Webcam Fix

I recently upgraded from Debian 5 to 6 and suddenly the video skype stopped working.

I google and found this link that fixed the problem, the text is well written and I recommend reading.

But I had to replace the dir /usr/local/lib by /usr/lib, so the fix for Debian 6 is:

  1. Install libv4l-0 package.

  2. Create the directory ~/bin, if you do not have a bin in your home directory.

  3. Be sure that ~/bin dir comes before /usr/bin in your PATH environment variable.

  4. Create the file ~/bin/skype.

  5. Change file permission: chmod a+x ~/bin/skype

  6. The ~/bin/skype file content with the replacement is:
    export LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so

That's all folks!

Thanks Jestin for posting this fix.

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